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Fri Dec 8, 2023, 07:09 PM Dec 8

Five Key Takeaways From Our Investigation Into Trump's Push to Steal 2024 [View all]


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Donald Trump has spent the last three years alleging that the 2020 election was rigged against him. The former president and his allies have done everything in their power to prove Joe Biden’s win was fraudulent, to no avail, because it wasn’t. Team Trump has simultaneously been laying the groundwork to make sure the 2024 election goes their way and, if it doesn’t, that their effort to bend the results in their favor will be more successful next year than it was after Trump’s reelection effort went down in flames.

Rolling Stone’s Adam Rawnsley and Asawin Suebsaeng dove into the intricacies of Team Trump’s preparations for 2024, revealing that the former president’s efforts are far more sophisticated than they were in 2020, involving everything from “auditioning” lawyers to challenge the results months in advance to creating software friendly states can use to tilt voter rolls in the GOP’s favor. Here are five key takeaways from their investigation:

Trump is determined to do ‘everything’ possible to win in 2024

Trump and his allies have been working since his 2020 defeat to game the system in his favor ahead of a third run at the White House. As Rawnsley and Suebsaeng write:

Trump has spent the past three years moaning to friends at his clubs, to conservative lawmakers, and to political advisers that Democrats will try to “cheat” again, and that the GOP must do “everything” it can to make sure liberals are “stopped,” according to four people familiar with this matter.

One key component of this effort, Rolling Stone reports, is making sure the government is stocked with allies, and that the Republican Party is wholly compliant. It has been, with the Republican National Committee, and the former president himself, calling for supporters to descend on polling places to “watch” for any suspicious activity. Republicans in several states have also been cracking down on mail-in ballots, which generally are used more by Democratic voters.

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